3/22/2012

Nap-time meals


Zoey will be 8 months old (what???!!!) in a week and she is more keen than ever to be eating real food.  Like most parents, I am eager to have great homemade food for my dear girl.  There is a lot of literature and resources out there for starting your munchkin on solids but like anything with babies, it seems like you just have to play it by ear and really find what works for you and your little one.  Sometimes it's a little bit of guessing game with Zoey but one thing is sure, she makes it very obvious what is working and what is NOT and I think it is like that with most babies. 
These are 2 articles/blogs that I have found particularly useful in the nourishing your baby department:
*Nearer Still
*Food Renegade

Making baby food puree is easy peasy.  I found that certain foods were a hit from the get-go.  Yogurt was a little bit sour for her to have on its own, but mix it with something, and she was happy as a clam.  I do most of my baby food purees in the blender.  Just steam up the fruit or veggies, toss in some expressed breast-milk (or you can also use some of the vitamin-rich water that you steamed them in) and blend away.  Pour the puree into some ice-cube trays and once they are frozen transfer the cubes into some ziplock bags and you are good to go.  I generally take out a day's worth of food from the freezer the night before and it is ready by the morning.  So far, I have done carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, bananas, pears, and kidney beans. 

I have just started making my own yogurt and I can't believe I didn't do this sooner.  It is so easy and it is going to be so much cheaper.  Normally, I have been buying a big tub of organic yogurt and now by making it, I'll be saving us 10 bucks every 4 days.  Zoey has jumped on the yogurt train and so we are going through it by the spoonful.  This is the recipe I used and it worked like a charm.  The only change I would make would be, if you are doubling the recipe (like I did) I let the yogurt sit 8 hours + overnight (more like 20 hours) than the 8 hours that she suggests.  It turned out a lot thicker and was delicious!

Happy baby-feeding mama friends!

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